Heavy Trash duo returns
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
– Retro rockabilly group Heavy Trash - the duo of Jonathan Spencer and Tom Verta-Ray - are returning to action with a new CD and tour. The New York City duo will be out with their third album, "Midnight Soul Serenade" on Oct. 27 on Fat Possum.
Spencer first was with Pussy Galore, then with Blues Explosion and Boss Hogg. Guitarist Verta-Ray, a co-founder of ockabilly/punk group Speedball Baby, owns NY HED studio.
On this record, Spencer and Verta-Ray are joined by New York Simon Chardiet (double bass), Lambchop's Sam Baker (drums) and guests, including Danish rockers PowerSolo, Mickey Finn (honkytonk piano) and Tenneesseee trio Those Darlins.
A tour is slated for November.
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